Pie contest to benefit Whitcomb house project

The Hayden Historical Museum is hosting a pie-baking contest at 11 a.m. Sept. 2 as part of the Pioneer Days event and to benefit the restoration of the home of Hayden native and former Indiana Gov. Ed Whitcomb.

The museum is located at 6715 W. County Road 20S in Jennings County. Contestants can bring one or more fruit pies to be judged to the museum kitchen from 9-11 a.m. Judging will begin at 11, and the pies will be graded on appearance and taste. First-, second- and third-place awards will be presented.

Volunteer auctioneer Tom Lawson will auction the top three pies at 11:45 in the pavilion. The other pie entries will be sliced and offered in exchange for a free-will donation.

Proceeds benefit the project to convert the Whitcomb house to the way it looked in December of 1943, when Whitcomb — who died Feb. 4, 2016 — came home for the first time after being captured by the Japanese on the Philippine Islands and was listed as missing in action for two years. The Whitcomb house will serve as a walk-through museum.

Information: Hayden Historical Museum, 812-592-8445, haydenmuseum@gmail.com